Edverd James Huntemer (1885-1965), Architect

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Wayne, 1938-1942, and Grand Island, Nebraska, 1942-1964

Edverd J. Huntemer, ca. 1938
Edverd James Huntemer was born on June 22, 1885.[1][3] After teaching industrial arts in Columbus, Nebraska, he spent thirty years as Professor of Manual Training and a consulting engineer at Wayne State College, where he supervised the planning and construction of many buildings. Huntemer was involved in charting the design of the future campus by sketching plans for the Science Building in 1912, as well as by designing administration buildings, physical-industrial buildings, and the island of Willow Bowl. He envisioned a campus architecture of red face brick with simplified ornamentation.[1][4]

In 1912 and 1913, Huntemer also coached the school's first basketball teams. Additionally, Huntemer and his wife Claire, whom he married on September 2, 1911, organized the Newman Club on campus. He had a son, who was killed in the Battle of the Solomons in 1942, and a daughter. He lived in Grand Island in the post-war era, working as an architect. Huntemer was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral Parish, the Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent DePaul Society, the Third Order of St. Francis, the Engineers Club, and the Architectural Society.[1] Huntemer died January 31, 1965.[1][3]

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the format and contents page for more information on the compilation and page organization.

Compiled Nebraska Directory Listings

Wayne, Nebraska, 1938-1964

Educational & Professional Associations

1900: graduated, District 20 Rural School, Minnehaha County, South Dakota.[3]

1905: graduated, Dell Rapids High School, Dell Rapids, South Dakota.[3]

1905-1906: engineering student, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana.[3]

1907-1911: pre-engineering student, International Correspondence School.[3]

1908-1938: Director of Industrial Arts and consulting engineer, Wayne State College, Wayne, Nebraska.[3][4]

1910: graduate, Stout Institute, Menominee, Wisconsin.[3][d]

1910: joined the National Education Association.[3]

1920: joined the Nebraska State Teachers Association.[3]

1925: joined the American Vocational Association.[3]

1930: A.B. in Education, State Teachers College, Wayne, Nebraska.[3][h]

1930-1931: special work, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.[3][f]

1934: charter member, Nebraska Industrial Arts Teachers Association.[3]

1937: joined the National Association of Industrial Teachers-Trainers.[3]

1938: Director of Industrial Arts, Wayne State Teachers College, Wayne, Nebraska.[3]

1938: Registered Professional Architect, Nebraska, September 28, 1938, A-80.[3]

1942-1946: chief draftsman and engineer, Cornhusker Ordinance Plant, Grand Island, Nebraska.[1]

1949-1962: architect, Frank N. McNett & Company, Architects, Grand Island, Nebraska.[4]

1964-1965: profession not listed, Grand Island, Nebraska.[g]

Other Associations

Leo Anthony Daly, Omaha, Nebraska.[e]

James C. Stitt, Norfolk, Nebraska.[e]

H. J. Young, Engineer.[e]

Buildings & Projects

Sketch plans, Elks Building (1908), Madison, South Dakota.[3][c]

Sketch plans, Science and Library (1912-1913), Wayne State Teachers College, Wayne, Nebraska.[3][4][c]

Inspector, Public Library (1913), Wayne, Nebraska.[3]

Sketch plans, Administration Building (1914), Wayne State Teachers College, Wayne, Nebraska.[3][4][c]

Wayne Hospital (1915), Wayne, Nebraska.[3]

Sketch plans, Physical and Industrial Building (1916), Wayne State Teachers College, Wayne, Nebraska.[3][4][c]

Wayne Motor Company (1916), Wayne, Nebraska.[3]

Powerhouse and stack (1917), Wayne State Teachers College, Wayne, Nebraska.[3][a]

Football Stadium (1920), Wayne State Teachers College, Wayne, Nebraska.[3]

Connell Hall cafeteria and dormitory (1920-1922), Wayne State Teachers College, Wayne, Nebraska.[3][a]

Ferry Theobald Residence (1920).[3]

Gus Wendt Residence (1922).[3]

Jeffery Building (1925), Wayne, Nebraska.[3]

Training School Building (1925), Wayne State Teachers College, Wayne, Nebraska.[3][a]

Architect and Foreman for rebuilding Art Building (1925), Wayne State Teachers College, Wayne, Nebraska.[3]

Ralph Rundell Residence (1925).[3]

Annex and remodel, Presbyterian Church (1926), Wayne, Nebraska.[3]

Harry Perdue Residence (1926).[3]

William Baumgartner Residence (1926), Wayne, Nebraska.[3]

Blair-Heckert Building (1926), Wayne, Nebraska.[3]

Wayne Bus Station and Garage (1927), Wayne, Nebraska.[3]

Chevrolet Auto Company Building (1927).[3]

James Horney Residence (1927).[3]

Remodel, Earl Merchant Residence (1927).[3]

Wayne Herald Publishing Company Building (1927), Wayne, Nebraska.[3]

Rebuild, State Bank (1927), Wayne, Nebraska.[3]

J. C. Nuss Store Building (1928), Wayne, Nebraska.[3]

Remodel, J. J. Ahern Store (1928).[3]

Stratton Hotel (1928), Wayne, Nebraska.[3]

Neihardt Hall (1928), Wayne State Teachers College, Wayne, Nebraska.[3][a]

Walter Savage Buildings (1928).[3]

Mrs. Brockway Miller Residence (1928), Wayne, Nebraska.[3]

Remodel, Altona Parsonage (1928).[3]

State Bank Annex (1929), Wayne, Nebraska.[3]

Power and Heating Plant (1929), Wayne State Teachers College, Wayne, Nebraska.[3] [a]

Mabbott-Gamble Building (1930).[3][a]

Larson Store Building (1930).[3]

Harrington Residence (1930), Wayne, Nebraska.[3]

Coryell Auto Company Building (1931).[3]

J. T. Bressler Residence (1932).[3]

Swan Building (1932), Wayne, Nebraska.[3]

James Miller Building (1932), Wayne, Nebraska.[3]

Engineer and inspector, Wayne Post Office (1934), Wayne, Nebraska.[3]

Sketch plans, Homer Public School Annex (1935), WPA project, Homer, Nebraska.[3][c]

Proposal, Physical and Industrial Building (1935), Wayne State Teachers College, Wayne, Nebraska.[3]

Ralph Jacques Residence (1936).[3]

Margaret Schemel Residence (1936).[3]

Hazen Atkins Residence (1936).[3]

Two houses for W. S. Whitmore (1936), Wayne, Nebraska.[3]

Laurel Catholic Church and Parsonage remodel (1936), Laurel, Nebraska.[3][b]

Beckenhaur Apartments (1937), Wayne, Nebraska.[3]

Hendrickson Block (1937), Wayne, Nebraska.[3]

Football Field and Open Air Theatre (1937), WPA project, Wayne State Teachers College, Wayne, Nebraska.[3][b]

Coryell Auto Company, Used Car Storage and Sales (1937).[3]


a. Huntemer’s application for registration notes that he was architect and construction foreman for the noted buildings. As foreman he had full charge of the construction, and labored alongside the men.[3]

b. Huntemer’s application for registration notes that he was architect and engineer for the noted buildings.[3]

c. Huntemer’s application for registration notes that his sketch plans were followed by the architects for the referenced projects.[3]

d. Huntemer’s application for registration notes that he was also a trades and industry instructor at the Stout Institute.[3] The school was founded as a manual training school, and was reorganized in 1908 as the Stout Institute. It is now the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and is considered to be Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University.[2]

e. Huntemer’s application for registration gives Leo Anthony Daly and James C. Stitt as architectural references, and H. J. Young as engineering reference.[3]

f. Obituary indicates he received a degree from Nebraska.[1]

g. Year last registered as an architect in Nebraska, 1964.[3]

h. Obituary states he received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1933.[4]


1. “Former Wayne State Faculty Member Dies,” Norfolk Daily News (February 3, 1965), 3:3.

2. Kevin Thorie, “UW-Stout History: An Institute Emerges,” Universtiy of Wisconsin-Stout website, updated December 11, 2009, accessed November 1, 2011, http://www.uwstout.edu/lib/archives/history_emerges.cfm

3. Application for Registration to Practice Professional Engineering and Architecture, Nebraska State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Architects, July, 25, 1938. Nebraska State Historical Society RG081 SG2.

4. “Former Educator, E. J. Huntemer, Dies Sunday,” Wayne Herald (February 4, 1965), 8:3.

Other Sources

Portrait in (RG081).

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Edverd James Huntemer (1885-1965), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, January 12, 2015. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, August 11, 2022.

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